Sometimes sexual health is not an easy topic to discuss. At SOGA we strive to make all our patients comfortable enough to discuss any concerns they may have. Sex is a normal, healthy part of life but up to 40% of women report that they have had a sexual concern at some point in their life.
Sexual problems can be influenced by a wide variety of factors. There are two main parts-physical and psychological/emotional-and usually they interact. Physical problems can involve such things as hormonal imbalances (menopause), infections (like yeast infections), or diseases (like diabetes or multiple sclerosis) that have potential side effects like pain during sex, excessive dryness or decreased sensation. There are certain times in a woman’s life when she is more prone to sexual problems because of hormonal changes. For example, some women experience a range of sexual responses right after childbirth and during menopause. Also, some commonly prescribed medications, like certain antidepressants, can lead to sexual side effects.
There is also the psychological aspect. This can include such things as the many conflicting cultural messages one learns about sexuality. A woman is also impacted by how she views her sexual self, including body image, roles, power, and her view of her partner.
These links provide information about female sexual health. For more questions or concerns, use our patient portal or call to schedule a visit with a SOGA provider.